Discussion : Rana Hamadeh et Rolando Vásquez

On the occasion of the exhibition Le centre ne peut tenir Rana Hamadeh will be in conversation with Dr. Rolando Vázquez, associate professor of Sociology at University College Roosevelt and affiliated researcher at the research institute for Cultural Inquiry (ICON) of the Faculty of Humanities, University of Utrecht.
Hamadeh and Vázquez will seek to disseminate the complexities inherent in Rana's Operatic work, The Ten Murders of Josephine, in particular the ideas related to the testimonial s̶u̶b̶j̶e̶c̶t and the legal subject.

Rolando Vázquez belongs to the movement of Decolonial Thought and Aesthesis. He curated the workshop: 'Staging the End of the Contemporary' for MaerzMusik at the Berliner Festspiele. With Walter Mignolo he has coordinated for nine years the Middelburg Decolonial Summer School. They co-authored the seminal article 'Decolonial Aesthesis: Colonial Wounds/Decolonial Healings'. In 2016 with Gloria Wekker et. al. he wrote the report of the Diversity Commission of the University of Amsterdam. His work seeks to transgress the dominion of contemporaneity, heteronormativity and modernity/coloniality. Through the question of precedence and relational temporalities he seeks to contribute to decolonizing institutions, epistemology, aesthetics and subjectivity.

Rana Hamadeh is a visual and performance artist from Lebanon based in The Netherlands. Drawing on a curatorial approach within her artistic practice, she develops longstanding discursive projects that think through the infrastructures of justice in relation to the histories and present manifestations of coloniality. Her work stems from an extended investigation into specific concepts and terms, treating the field of theory as fiction. In 2011, she initiated her ongoing project, The Alien Encounters Project, which has since been operating as an incubator for a growing series of works that examine corporate and state-sponsored forms of violence and their enabling legal apparatuses.
Talk
Lafayette Anticipations
Saturday 25 Aug 2018
from 06 pm to 07 pm

Rana Hamadeh, <i>The Ten Murders of Josephine : [Composition #4]</i>, 2018. Vue de l’installation, Lafayette Anticipations, 2018. Commande du centre d’art contemporain Witte de With à Rotterdam.
Rana Hamadeh, The Ten Murders of Josephine: [Composition #4], 2018. Installation view, Lafayette Anticipations, 2018. Commissioned by Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam. © Pierre Antoine

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Rana Hamadeh is a visual and performance artist. Drawing on a curatorial approach within her artistic practice, she develops longstanding, discursive projects that think through the infrastructures of justice in relation to the histories and present manifestations of coloniality.
Her work stems from an extended investigation into specific concepts and terms, treating the field of theory as fiction.

Hamadeh’s previous solo exhibitions include projects and/or collaborations with Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art (Rotterdam, 2017), The Institute of Modern Art (Brisbane, 2016), The Showroom (London, 2016); Nottingham Contemporary (2015); Western Front (Vancouver, 2015); Gallery TPW (Tonoto, 2015) and Kiosk (Ghent, 2014). Group exhibitions include a.o. Contour Biennial (2017), The Moscow Biennial (2015), The New Museum (New York., 2014); e-flux (New York., 2014), The 8th Liverpool Biennial (2014), Wattis Institute (2014), 12th Biennale de Lyon (2013); The Lisson Gallery (2013) and the Van Abbemuseum (2008/2011). In 2017, the artist won the Prix de Rome.
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